Metro City (メトロシティ Metoro Shiti) is the sprawling urban setting most notably seen in the Final Fight series, but it is also the same fictional metropolis where Captain Commando is set, albeit decades later into the year 2026. Mike Haggar was the city's mayor until the events of Final Fight 3, during which much of the city was destroyed. Cody is currently the new mayor of Metro City.
It is located on the Atlantic coast of the USA.
Description[edit | edit source]
Final Fight series[edit | edit source]
In the first few games, the city downtown is depicted as a run down place with many damaged buildings. It has an abandoned underground basement warehouse, and an abandoned old mayor building that Damnd is hiding in. The subway is just as rundown, the trains can hardly function because of all the vandalism. The uptown area has way more crime, but people can upkeep the buildings due to people actually using them.
In Captain Commando, the city is very similar, just many years in the future. Instead of downtown, the player just start in 'city' stage, the commandos jump off a roof and begin bashing criminals. There is a video store similar to the ones in Final Fight Streetwise in which players can destroy windows, and throw enemies into them etc. There is an empty parking lot full of police cars, and criminals coming out of the sewers. After that players go into a bank and fight against the first stage boss. They proceed to the city’s museum, and then leave into ninja town. The city is almost as run down as in the Final Fight games. The tv joint makes an appearance in the ending of the arcade version.
Metro City, as depicted in Final Fight: Streetwise, consists of four districts: The Hood, Pier District, Little Italy and Japantown. All are connected via subways or train stations. Each district has one of the same four places: an electronics store, a pawn shop, a liquor store and a gym (except in Little Italy, which doesn't appear to have one). The player can buy background music in the electronics stores, weapons in the pawn shops, life or energy replenishing beverages and snacks in the liquor stores, and learn new moves and fighting techniques in the gyms. Also scattered around Metro City are arcade machines (non-playable) featuring the original Final Fight. Capcola vending machines can be struck and destroyed, after which they dispense a can of soda. The soda can be used to refill health.
Locations[edit | edit source]
The Hood[edit | edit source]
- Flesh Scrawl, the tattoo parlor next door to Kyle's apartment and maintained by a man named Paco, serves as the location of a sliding tile puzzle mini-game. Paco's signs outside read: "Yes, we use fresh needles. That's a stupid question!" "Cheap Tattoos without the Prison Time!" "It DOES hurt!" and "No: Refunds, Checks, Moving or Crying". The phone number is given as: "555-OUCH".
- The Porn Theater is where Kyle first encounters The Weasel. The marquee outside displays the latest blue movie Naughty Bits.
- Madame Celeste is first found in Psychic Reader, where she will provide a clue or tell Kyle's fortune if the player can solve her magic cards puzzle. After that, she is then usually seen in a bar in Pier District.
- Two warehouses figure prominently in the game. 2-Ill hangs out next to the Rivet-Mart Industrial Supply & Surplus in the beginning of the game, while later he can found in other districts as well. The Blue Ball Video warehouse is the scene of a battle involving The Weasel driving a spiked forklift.
- The Metro Diner, directly across from Cody's apartment, is a dirty greasy spoon complete with cockroaches.
- Cash 'N Go Liquors has a sign outside pushing Cammy-brand lager.
- Tiger's Gym is a place the player will find him/herself hitting a lot early in the game, to acquire new abilities or simply to last longer during a tough match.
- The Barfly Lounge, where Vanessa Sims pours the drinks, is the scene of The Stiff's abduction of Cody after Kyle is knocked unconscious.
- At The Fight Club, Kyle can take on opponents of increasing difficulty (including Handsome Bob and The Locksmith) to earn some extra cash.
- Lastly, Boomer's Electronics & Music and Pawn King will provide services for the right amount of money.
Pier District[edit | edit source]
- One of the landmarks of the area is the Lighthouse, whose beacon burns brightly every night.
- The abandoned Trainyard is sometimes the scene of illegal gang activity.
- Kraken's Seafood Packaging is a warehouse at the edge of the water. Kraken is the name of a mythical sea monster.
- Cap'n Cadaver's Pawn Emporium sells the finest weapons in the area. It is also the location of a side-quest where Kyle must retrieve a stolen porn movie for a man who works there.
- Melon's liquor store is open day or night to provide the player with much-needed healing items.
- Rico's Electronic Surplus sells music and the latest in audio-visual gadgetry.
- Mike's Maritime Maintenance is where Kyle, at a certain point in the game, may hire former mayor Mike Haggar to fight alongside him for a limited time.
- The ominous Hotel Bijou plays an important role in the game. It is where Kyle first encounters glowheads, drug-addicted citizens of Metro City who have been transformed into violent zombies. It is also the roof of this building from which The Stiff plummets to his apparent end. He is later revived as a monstrous glowhead.
- Salty Dawg's Restaurant, initially famous for their hot dogs and later including a wide assortment of food, can be found across from Mike's Maritime Maintenance.
- Lastly, the Pier Pressure nightclub and bar is where many citizens go for good company, dancing and drinks. Even Metro City's one and only "psychic friend" Madame Celeste is known to frequent the club.
Little Italy[edit | edit source]
- One of the landmarks of the area is the Little Italy Church, located at one end of a dimly-lit courtyard. Curiously, the church is closed more often than not, and Father Bella, a mysterious priest who some say has connections with Vito Bracca, is the only known person to have the key to its doors. There is a graveyard behind the church where Kyle faces Vito's top assassin, the sinister Blades.
- Vito's seafood resturant, "Il Pesce Fuori di Acqua", is the scene of a massive brawl between Kyle and Bracca's hired goons. Later in the game, the player might revisit the place for extra money and take part in pit fights against Ghost and Andore.
- The newly-renovated Oedipus Rex Theater, home of the latest movies to hit Metro City, is a popular spot for citizens and tourists alike.
- Augie's Bar & Grill is seen as competition for Vito Bracca's joint, but there are rumors that he secretly owns Augie's, too.
- Antonio's Electronics is another place to purchase music for the player to listen to while he/she plays the game.
- Booze Barn in Little Italy certainly takes the prize for the most blatant name for a liquor store.
- Lastly, another Pawn King shop (its "cousin" being in the Hood) is available for services.
Japantown[edit | edit source]
- The Dragon's Skin, another tattoo parlor, features the handiwork of the somewhat psychotic Lou "The Skin". Guy was one of his customers, and possibly trained him in the ways of fighting.
- The Japantown Bar, where the player can try to figure out an optional sliding tile puzzle, contains a stage for anyone brave enough for a little karaoke.
- Guy's complex can be found in Japantown, but near the end of the game, it is set afire by Blades and destroyed.
- Depending on the mood, Taisho Sushi is a nice place for a romantic evening, or a good place to bust some heads.
- Standing high above the shops is a billboard advertising the games Devil Kings and Ōkami. These two games are also featured on posters inside Japantown Liquors and the Electronics & Music store.
- Beware while in Japantown, for the anime-esque Schoolgirls run rampant! The Schoolgirls are fast, use ninjitsu and wield katana blades. They briefly work with Blades when he attacks Guy's dojo. Unlike most thugs who only attack when the opponent gets close, the Schoolgirls attack opponents despite being unprovoked.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Metro City is Guy's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2. Many Final Fight characters are featured in the background. It is also Cody's stage in Alpha 3.
- Metro City was the main featured locale in the canceled game Capcom Fighting All-Stars. By the time the game metamorphasized into Capcom Fighting Evolution, there were several different locations as the stages.
- Metro City features as a stage in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- Metro City is based on New York City. Featuring landmarks based on the Empire State Building, World Trade Center, and Statue of Liberty respectively.